commanteer's past comments

  • 6

    commanteer

    Let me guess. On his right, that's his wife, Akie. And on his left - must be one of his supporters.

    Posted in: Face-off

  • 4

    commanteer

    Do one second of research yourself. E-juice the stuff in e-cig is made up of ONLY 3 things. glycol, glycerin, nicotine. glycol and glycerin is in basically every single thing you eat that comes in a package or box.

    Well, we already know about nicotine. Glycol and glycerin are considered safe for food use, but there is very little data on the effects of inhaling it into your lungs. Many things are fine in our digestive systems but not so good in our lungs - water, for instance.

    It's just good sense to avoid sucking anything except air into your lungs. Many people thought smoking was great until a few decades of research showed otherwise. Vaping is brand new, so why risk it? It's a silly habit anyway.

    Posted in: E-cigarettes contain up to 10 times carcinogens: Japan researchers

  • 1

    commanteer

    I think she was talking about larger scenes in nature, which ikebana tries to capture.

    Posted in: Art of flower arranging meets holiday decor

  • 0

    commanteer

    Stephen - It is rather funny that many Japanese companies haven't the foggiest idea how to write a press release. This is better than most, actually.

    Posted in: Sustainable smart town goes into full-scale operation near Tokyo

  • 2

    commanteer

    Have you ever looked down the barrel of a gun? Not a sight I want to see again.

    I've looked down the barrel of a gun, more than once - and much closer that this policeman was to this kid. And I would have waited at least until he went to point the gun at me before shooting. If my gun was trained on him already, I would have plenty of time to shoot before he could line up his aim. Not to mention having a police car to hide behind....

    Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer

  • -1

    commanteer

    The next Olympics aren't here until 2020 and I'm already tired of them.

    Posted in: Sapporo to bid for 2026 Winter Olympics

  • 2

    commanteer

    As soon as I'm finished doing it at my desk, I will comment further on this disgraceful and shameless appeal to the worst instincts of male gamers.

    Posted in: Did Sony's sexed-up PS Vita ad deserve to be yanked?

  • 2

    commanteer

    I don't think theres something a Japanese citizen can go scotch free for saying while a foreigner would get indicted for here in Japan.

    I've gone without scotch for 20 years now. Beats getting indicted!

    Posted in: Japanese journalist goes on trial for defaming S Korean president

  • -2

    commanteer

    There is much whales could teach us, if and when we develop sufficient intelligence to communicate with them.

    If whales are so smart, why don't they communicate with us then? Like, maybe asking us to stop eating them? We communicate with dogs, and didn't wait around for them to develop enough intelligence to talk to us first. I'll be the first to call for an end to whaling when the whales themselves ask for it.

    Posted in: New whaling plan will prove hunt is for scientific purposes: negotiator

  • 1

    commanteer

    Sure. It's common sense. Of course there are exceptions, but generally Americans speak American English, Russians speak Russian.

    Lots of people look very much alike but speak entirely different languages, so nationality is usually useful is identifying someone. Not 100% effective, but physical descriptions are not 100% effective either. We need all the info we can get.

    Posted in: Do you think it is appropriate for newspaper headlines to include the nationality of defendants or suspects wanted for questioning by police?

  • -1

    commanteer

    I'm tired of all this bickering - Japanese this, white people that. I think those who feel the need to bring bigotry into it should settle in mano a mano. With sharpened chopsticks. The issue is dolphins.

    Posted in: Rare albino dolphin captured in Japan's 'Cove'

  • 25

    commanteer

    Could it be because the stuff is going to hit the fan soon, and he wants to solidify his base before the public realizes that Abenomics is all smoke and mirrors?

    Not that there is anything anyone can do to give Japan a gentle landing after decades of poor policies.

    Posted in: Voters to Abe: Why call an election now?

  • -1

    commanteer

    Strangerland sums it up well. It's not a Japanese thing. Wine brings out the worst in Americans. Americans are intimidated by it, and often feel that being anything less than an amateur wine expert marks them as trailer trash or worse. So they fake it, and even fool themselves. Maybe things have changed, it has been a while, but I haven't noticed it.

    I am fine with "to each his own." The problem is when people try to cover their own insecurities by attacking another for their taste in wine - when their own taste in wine is determined by what the Wine Spectator (or the price) tells them.

    The suggestions for blind taste testing are spot on. Most people would be surprised at how unrefined their taste buds actually are.

    Posted in: Fans brace for Beaujolais Nouveau

  • 0

    commanteer

    Fairly sure that Japanese eyes have less sensitivity to light. That's why Asian restaurants are often so brightly lit, and why my better half always complains that the house is too dark unless we have the equivalent of klieg lights shining on us.

    I don't like wearing sunglasses, but I do it to protect my eyes.

    Posted in: Why aren't sunglasses as popular in Japan as they are in Western countries?

  • 1

    commanteer

    Again, the posers (or should I say poseurs?) come out. Maybe 1 out of 10 people (at best) who claim they know something about wine actually do. Ask any owner of any winery. They are happy people enjoy their wine and don't pass judgement. Meanwhile, the debate rages among the proletariat.

    Posted in: Fans brace for Beaujolais Nouveau

  • 7

    commanteer

    pointofview, I don't know where you are from, but it is probably a glass house. Environmental destruction is everywhere - it's not unique to any country.

    The fact is that we humans have outgrown our world, at least we have if we continue living the same way. These problems require international cooperation to a degree that has never existed in history. It's not Japan. All societies on the planet need to step up their game. Sadly, no sign of that happening soon.

    Posted in: Pacific bluefin tuna edges toward extinction

  • 2

    commanteer

    5petals - If a few hundred kms don't make a difference, why not move the bases to wherever you live (Tokyo, Kansai?). Kyushu is not the natural dumping ground for bad ideas from Kanto, contrary to what some many believe.

    Posted in: Okinawa vote a blow to Japan-U.S. ties, say analysts

  • 1

    commanteer

    Some musicians play with silence, building carefully on top of it with generous space between notes. Others like a backdrop of noise that they reign in to form music. Usually that involves several instruments or electronic music. He's doing it all on one piano.

    His self-promotion is over the top, but I still find what he is doing to be interesting. Not the most interesting piano playing in 300 years to be sure, but still intriguing.

    @jump Thanks. Some webmasters have the misguided believe that linking out harms their SEO.

    Posted in: Sound no barrier for 'world's fastest' pianist

  • 2

    commanteer

    Give the guy a break. He uses speed to achieve a particular kind of musical flow. It's not about "look how fast I am." I like what he's doing. And Alan Watts would probably have like this music (not that he was a musical authority of any kind).

    Focus on the whole, not the one thing. The music, not the headline.

    Posted in: Sound no barrier for 'world's fastest' pianist

  • 3

    commanteer

    Here's a link to his music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WYsgNwQz8A

    Posted in: Sound no barrier for 'world's fastest' pianist

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